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Old 06 July 2008, 04:32   #1
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hi, only 3 days to go until i become a fully fledged sibber, taking my new boat on its maiden voyage. i have a q/s 3.10 and 9.9 outboard and is there any way of securing it against thieves if i left it for half a hour or so tethered up in a harbour. i have bought a lock for the engine bracket but what stops them just pulling the cord and off they go..... any feed back would be very welcome, thanks
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Old 06 July 2008, 05:52   #2
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i just swap the spark plug leads over it takes them a while to suss out whats wrong ,but on another boat of mine i made two small stainless angle brackets fastened to the hood and engine with a matching hole through for a padlock so the hood could not be lifted, apart from disabling the engine how about also tying the boat up using a thin length of s/steel cable with an eye on each end for a padlock. it will stop anyone casually rowing the boat off unless they have a pair of bolt croppers with them. you could always take the prop off and take it with you , my wife has a really big hand bag ,its great when shes in a shop looking for her purse and she pull out, house keys , lip stick ,phone and prop .
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Old 06 July 2008, 07:53   #3
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i have actually thought about this as well. is taking the prop off fairly simple?
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Old 06 July 2008, 08:20   #4
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i have actually thought about this as well. is taking the prop off fairly simple?
it takes me about 15 seconds to remove and about 1 min to put back on .
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Old 06 July 2008, 11:52   #5
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Taking the prop off when you go ashore for lunch sounds like a right pain to me! I'm in a similar sort of situation; I have a little 3m run about that me and friends use for getting around the harbour etc. It does concern me sometimes leaving it in public places. I hope none of the Portsmouth hooded sorts are reading this, but I generally leave the engine in forward, and remove the kill cord to prevent people nicking it. Not much I know but it least it will have them sat there trying to work out why it won't start for a few minutes. I'm considering installing a small key switch on the side of the engine so you need a key to start it. That's about all you really can do on a small boat. All that said I would happily leave it in a marina without having any issues about security; I left it in the marina for several weeks without any sort of engine lock and all was fine. I have now bought a very chunky engine lock just in case!
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Old 06 July 2008, 14:30   #6
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I generally leave the engine in forward, and remove the kill cord to prevent people nicking it. Not much I know but it least it will have them sat there trying to work out why it won't start for a few minutes.
Seems a bit more realistic for a short stop. I think M Chappelow must hang around in some seriously dodgy places to justify taking the prop off. Actually given the value of fuel now I would think its probably just as likely someone walks off with your fuel tank as to take the boat for a joy ride. The one problem that these "solutions" don't address is someone just untying you and casting the boat adrift or pulling your bungs out - just for malicious fun.
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Old 06 July 2008, 17:18   #7
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you could always take the prop off and take it with you , my wife has a really big hand bag ,its great when shes in a shop looking for her purse and she pull out, house keys , lip stick ,phone and prop .


Mart, you must be going through the prop nut security pins like through socks...
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my wife has a really big hand bag ,its great when shes in a shop looking for her purse and she pull out a prop .
hehe.. good job in convicincing the nearest and dearest to go tooled up like that Neds wouldnt argue with a 3 bladed prop in the head ..plus it reduces her ability to fill the bag with needless items *edit* like perfume etc
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What about a vinyl encased aircraft cable with loops at both ends. Loop one end around the dock and through itself and lock the other loop to the outboard bracket lock. Chances are someone won't be wondering around a busy public docking area with a set of bolt cutters.
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I remove the kill cord & chain the fuel to the transom!
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